Unfiltered: With Scott Lucas and Amelia Morris

Unfiltered: With Scott Lucas and Amelia Morris
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    this fellow steven pinker you heard of him yeah okay well he's a philosopher
    philosophize at Harvard right so Pinker comes out and he says okay so everybody
    complains about austerity and they might complain about conflict but he's saying
    look the rate of wars has gone down since 1945 and he's saying the rate of
    homicides has gone down since the 1990s it's the lowest it's been say in
    somewhere like New York City yeah so you got to say some folks have got it better
    off now then then they had it 20 30 years ago right the people that say
    those things of like you know we've never had it this good obviously haven't
    seen like the the reliance on food banks obviously haven't seen like the amount
    of people of color literally getting incarcerated and killed in the US and
    the UK it's like y'all's would for example the
    detention center yeah I think that it's kind of I think that you have to come
    from a position of privilege in order to make those claims but then in terms of I
    think that I think that there's been a good level of resistance that we've seen
    so in the last elections and through protest movements like black lives
    matter the women's March I think that they're really important shifts towards
    resistance that have been kind of led by young people what sounds like news like
    alright you got all these people and they're marching quite rightly for LGBT
    rights and transgender rights and thank God we got same-sex marriage which I
    never thought we'd see in my lifetime right and we even once apparently had an
    african-american as president in the United States that seems a long time ago
    but I'm sort of addressing this to you into that steven pinker guy which is
    where's the space for considering if life is better yeah for like someone
    who's had to flee Syria are we all being dissed a bit western-centric well from
    our perspective I think that one way to overcome like when western-centric
    viewpoints and right within academia we have the we have the opportunity to kind
    of connect with people who gonna be in academia so I think that
    like teaching for example is a really important form of resisting those about
    colonial perspectives I think that it's also relative as well because I think if
    you say to someone that's living off food banks in in the UK or you haven't
    got it as bad as a Syrian refugee that's how things like breads it happen
    I think that yeah like they're both tragedies and that they should be
    something that's solved by government and through political discourse but I
    don't think that when you start to compare and say that things are oh it's
    oh it's not as bad as this person then that's how like animosity is created I
    think you know what make me happy you know six months from now there was a
    person who checked their political affiliation at the door but they came in
    and just told me you know what I know something more about this issue which
    might be like how poor folks have it in this country or it might be for example
    I know something more about why we need gun control in the States or I know
    something more about what has caused a conflict like Syria that's what made me
    happy you know and it's like if you just take a step back and someone says yeah I
    understand what's happening now beyond my doorstep maybe maybe we got a shot
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